The monarch is a tricky beauty to translate. They are so pretty it almost looks fake. My kids and I raise butterflies every summer and this year we didn't have a lot of these beauties. They are disappearing but it doesn't have to be that way. You can start a monarch garden with just a little bit of milkweed and some wildflowers. Not only is it easy but it's amazing to watch them go through metamorphosis!
Original artwork, colored pencil on heavy weight bristol
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a magnificent butterfly! I've seen so many this year and some have been really beaten up. I've seen some missing almost a half a wing.They are so fragile yet so strong and my goal was to capture this by showing all the little scratches and scrapes on the wings. The go through so much in such a short lifetime. So beautiful.
The red spotted purple butterfly holds a special place in my heart. I have seen so many this year while hiking and adventuring with my kids. They think it's hilarious that it's name doesn't really describe them very well! They are blue with orange spots! Maybe it should be called an orange spotted blue?